31 Total Quotes

Anatole Broyard Quotes

The epic implications of being human end in more than this: We start our lives as if they were momentous stories, with a beginning, a middle and an appropriate end, only to find that they are mostly middles.
Anatole Broyard
#American Critic

If a book is really good, it deserves to be read again, and if it's great, it should be read at least three times.
Anatole Broyard
#Books And Reading

The more I like a book, the more slowly I read. this spontaneous talking back to a book is one of the things that makes reading so valuable.
Anatole Broyard
#American Critic

The more I like a book, the more reluctant I am to turn the page. Lovers, even book lovers, tend to cling. No one-night stands or "reads" for them.
Anatole Broyard
#Love #American Critic

To be misunderstood can be the writer's punishment for having disturbed the reader's peace. The greater the disturbance, the greater the possibility of misunderstanding.
Anatole Broyard
#American Critic #Peace

The tension between "yes" and "no," between "I can" and "I cannot," makes us feel that, in so many instances, human life is an interminable debate with one's self.
Anatole Broyard
#American Critic #Tension

The first divorce in the world may have been a tragedy, but the hundred-millionth is not necessarily one.
Anatole Broyard
#Tragedy

It is one of the paradoxes of American literature that our writers are forever looking back with love and nostalgia at lives they couldn't wait to leave.
Anatole Broyard
#Love #American Critic

She was a spendthrift of the spirit, an American in Paris when, as Evelyn Waugh said, the going was good.
Anatole Broyard
#Spirit

Ruefulness is one of the classical tones of American fiction. It fosters a native, deglamorized form of anxiety.
Anatole Broyard
#Fiction

There was a time when we expected nothing of our children but obedience, as opposed to the present, when we expect everything of them but obedience.
Anatole Broyard
#American Critic #Children

A whole generation of writers dined out on the dialectic between original cultures and their culture by "progress." They became traveling salesmen of metaphors.
Anatole Broyard
#Culture

There is something about seeing real people on a stage that makes a bad play more intimately, more personally offensive than any other art form.
Anatole Broyard
#People #American Critic

People have no idea what a hard job it is for two writers to be friends. Sooner or later you have to talk about each other's work.
Anatole Broyard
#American Critic #Friends Or Friendship

We are all tourists in history, and irony is what we win in wars.
Anatole Broyard
#American Critic #History

Lapped in poetry, wrapped in the picturesque, armed with logical sentences and inalienable words.
Anatole Broyard
#American Critic #Poetry

Either a writer doesn't want to talk about his work, or he talks about it more than you want.
Anatole Broyard
#Work

The midnight snack of a life in its 70s.
Anatole Broyard
#Life

Rome was a poem pressed into service as a city.
Anatole Broyard
#Service #American Critic

Aphorisms are bad for novels. They stick in the reader's teeth.
Anatole Broyard
#American Critic